§ Mr. Gwynfor Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what approaches have been made by his Department over the past two years to private companies with the objective of 159W persuading them to ship freight by rail instead of road; and how many companies have been approached.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
It is the Government's policy to encourage the transfer of freight from road to rail, and Government grants towards the cost of private sidings are available to companies under Section 8 of the Railways Act 1974. But it is for the British Railways Board to decide on the marketing strategy best able to win new freight traffic for the railways.